November 2011

Building a Mandala Garden

by Daisy Garden

After I started reading Toby Hemenway’s book, Gaia’s Garden, I decided I had to have a mandala garden. A mandala garden is a form of keyhole garden, which you may be more familiar with.  For those of you completely new to the concept, let me explain. A keyhole garden is a round garden bed with […]

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Wild Flavors: Summer Rolls for Spring/Summer

by Daisy Recipes

I made summer rolls from Didi Emmonds’ new book, Wild Flavors. It was an unassuming recipe and I didn’t have huge expectations because of its simplicity. But when I served it and we dug in, I kept saying to my husband, “This is really good, isn’t it?  Why is this so good?” It was so […]

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The Gauntlet Has Been Thrown

by Daisy Garden

It began with a phone call. My mom had just returned home from visiting one of my brothers, who lives on a farm in the country. “Your brother sent you something,” she said. “What is it?” I asked. There was a slight pause.  “You’ll just have to see it.  Come over and get it.” Now […]

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Planting a Cover Crop

by Daisy Garden

This is the tail end of the season to sow cover crops.  I planted the mandala garden in a mixed cover crop at the beginning of November, and a last ditch second crop on top of my hugelkultur bed last weekend. On top of all the reasons to grow cover crops, I have a secret […]

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Building a Hugelkultur Bed

by Daisy Garden

First, of course, what in the world am I talking about? Hugelkultur (from the German, hill culture) is a method of building a garden bed.  It hails from the permaculture world and means building a bed either by piling up wood and branches on the surface of the soil or digging a hole (or trench) […]

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Bacillus Thuringiensis

by Daisy Beginner Gardens

I love cole crops.  Brassicas. Of course I’m not alone.  Brassicas are considered the most important edible species out there.  Broccoli, turnips, rutabagas, mustard greens, kale, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, cabbage.  Yum. And also of course, bugs love ’em, too.  Lepidoptera, unfortunately.  Pretty bugs.  Moths and butterflies lay eggs on the leaves of brassicas, and the […]

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Giveaway–Gaia’s Garden by Toby Hemenway

by Daisy Z

I think Gaia’s Garden is an essential book for anyone interested in sustainability, gardening, particularly edible gardening, and also–nice writing.  Check this out: “Watch how nature works in a forest . . . By the time the heat of summer arrives, the canopy is nearly closed, and only a few dancing sunflecks shimmer on the […]

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Gaia’s Garden

by Daisy Reviews

It is no exaggeration to say that the way I will garden from now on has been revolutionized after reading this book. It’s the sort of book that has me torn between reading the next chapter and rushing outside to make changes based on the chapter I just read. Because of this book, I’ve already: […]

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A Very Seedy Dishcloth

by Daisy Crafts

Another breeze of a knit.  Easy and fast.  This was done while the children were couch-jumping and trying their best to make off with my pattern book. This is a reversible seeded rib. I love the scrunchiness of the ribbing and how easy it is to memorize the pattern so I can knit this anywhere. […]

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Trompe l’oeil Rain Barrel Tutorial

by Daisy DIY

I had a lot of options and a lot of ideas when it came to painting the seriously blue plastic barrel we were converting into a rain barrel. I thought of flowers or butterflies (or both), but when it was suggested I paint the thing to look like a barrel, well, that idea made a […]

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